October's People profiles

Pirate days, crab soup cook-offs and more are featured in this month's People section.

The culinary team at Riderwood, a retirement community in Silver Springs, Md., recently earned first place at the 46th annual Maryland Seafood Festival’s Crab Soup Cook-Off. The Riderwood team faced off against 16 restaurants in the cook-off, which featured the Chesapeake Bay’s famous blue crabs. The Riderwood team won first place for its entry in the Best Vegetable Crab category (People’s Choice). The team also earned second place in the Best Cream of Crab (People’s Choice) and Best Vegetable Crab (Judge’s Choice) categories. “The Maryland Seafood Festival provides the perfect venue for Team Riderwood to showcase our culinary skills in front of a statewide audience,” says Victor Cirrincione, executive chef. “For us, the Crab Soup Cook-Off has evolved into a tradition, a rite of passage for the different culinary professionals who join this competition. It’s especially rewarding to win the People’s Choice Award because hundreds of guests with different tastes agreed that our vegetable crab soup was the best.”

Pictured from left to right: Willie Wanzer (chef de cuisine), Demetreus Wills (sous chef), Derrick Gregg (chef de cuisine), Evroy Wright (chef de cuisine), Victor Cirrincione (executive chef) and Carlos Gauna (chef de cuisine).

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